#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for July 18, 2022

Hodie est a.d. XV Kal. Sex. 2775 AUC ~ 20 Hekatombion in the second year of the 700th Olympia

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Listen to the Genesis from the Vulgate Bible read in Latin. Genesis ex Biblia Sacra Vulgata Latine recitata. This is part of “Lectiones aestivae”, the summer series where I read passages of Latin texts from all ages.

Despite being one of the first civilisations in human history, Sumer is not as well-known as other Bronze Age societies such as Babylonia and, of course, Ancient Egypt. Recent research indicates that the first ever writing system emerged in the Sumerian heartland of southern Mesopotamia around 3500 BC. So who were these Near Eastern pioneers forming some of the first urban settlements along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers? In this episode, Tristan is joined by Dr Paul Collins from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, to help unravel the mysteries of the Sumerians and their trailblazing civilisation.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a shortage of crops due to excessive rain.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)